The Immune System
Nurturing wellness through pathology prevention becomes a readily achievable goal when used with immunomodulators within the context of the holistic approach. A range of immune system pathologies can be addressed with herbal infusions: System tonics will nourish and tone the whole immune system’s form. Bitter tonics will have a generalized toning effect in additional to specific herbal properties and actions. Cleansing and detoxification can be greatly facilitated through herbal infusions support of the body’s eliminative functions.
There are over 50 kinds of immune system disorders and diseases. These are the most common ones; Type 1 diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Multiple sclerosis, Gillian-Barre syndrome, Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Psoriasis, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto thyroiditis, Myasthenia gravis, and Vasculitis.
As we age, our immune response capability becomes reduced, which in turn contributes to more infections and more cancer. While some people age healthily, the conclusion of many studies is that, compared with younger people, the elderly are more likely to contract infectious diseases and, even more importantly, more likely to die from them. Respiratory infections, influenza, and particularly pneumonia is a leading cause of death in people over 65 worldwide. No one knows for sure why this happens, but some scientists observe that this increased risk correlates with a decrease in T cells, possibly from the thymus atrophying with age and producing fewer T cells to fight off infection. Whether this decrease in thymus function explains the drop in T cells or whether other changes play a role is not fully understood. Others are interested in whether the bone marrow becomes less efficient at producing the stem cells that give rise to the cells of the immune system.
There appears to be a connection between nutrition and immunity in the elderly. A form of malnutrition that is surprisingly common even in affluent countries is known as "micronutrient malnutrition." Micronutrient malnutrition, in which a person is deficient in some essential vitamins and trace minerals that are obtained from or supplemented by diet, can be common in the elderly. Older people tend to eat less and often have less variety in their diets. Dietary supplements may help older people maintain a healthier immune system. Older people should discuss this question with a physician who is well versed in geriatric nutrition, because while some dietary supplementation may be beneficial for older people, even small changes can have serious repercussions in this age group.